UCLA women's basketball team picked to finish second in Pac-10
The UCLA women's basketball team was picked to finish second in the Pacific 10 Conference behind Stanford in a poll of conference coaches released Monday.
The Bruins, who return four starters from the team that went 25-9 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, have not been picked to finish this high since they were predicted to win the Pac-10 in 1999-2000.
USC was picked to finish third, followed by Berkeley, Arizona State, Oregon, Arizona, Washington State, Washington and Oregon State.
Defending champion Stanford, picked to win the conference for an 11th consecutive season, received nine first-place votes, with UCLA receiving the other first-place vote.
Bruins Coach Nikki Caldwell, the reigning Pac-10 coach of the year, returns all-conference honorees Jasmine Dixon, Doreena Campbell and Markel Walker in addition to Darxia Morris, the team's fourth returning starter. UCLA opens its season Nov. 12 at San Diego State.
-- Ben Bolch